Bipartisan Backing Will Boost Location Privacy Bill
Oct 18, 2011 // National Journal

In June, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Introduced a bill that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant before they can gather both real-time and stored location data about people. Supporters of the legislation got a boost on Tuesday when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill, signed on as the measure's first Republican Senate cosponsor. National Journal reports:

A broad range of groups have joined in the Digital Due Process Coalition, which has been calling for a much wider update to a 1986 law dealing with government access to electronic communications, the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Wyden and Kirk say the nation's laws have not kept up with rapid use of new technologies such as smart phones and iPads that allow citizens to be connected wherever they go - and their locations to be tracked.